2008-11-06 / Features

Horse Runs Wild Through Pa. Town

NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. (AP) - A frightened horse that came loose from an Amish buggy after a collision ran wildly through a rural western Pennsylvania town, damaged a delivery van and made its way down the main street before being corralled about five miles away.

New Wilmington Borough Police Chief Carmen Piccirilli said the horse ran south on state Route 158 and into the borough early Thursday morning, where it hit a delivery van and careened past. The horse then made its way down the main street in New Wilmington.

The horse's wild flight was finally halted 15 minutes later after it had run about five miles, Piccirilli said. By then it had crossed into Wilmington Township, Lawrence County.

The crash damaged the delivery van and the horse suffered minor injuries, Piccirilli said. The animal was returned to its owner. No one was hurt.

Such incidents are not uncommon in this northwestern part of Pennsylvania, where there is a large Amish community.

On Oct. 24, just a week before Thursday's incident, another horse tore off after a collision. It took off still attached to its Amish buggy and only came to a stop when it hit a sign post at the entrance to the high school, turning the buggy onto its side, Piccirilli said.

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